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Canon EF 50mm F/1.8 STM

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Canon EF 85mm F/1.8 USM

Canon EF 50mm F/1.8 STM
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Canon EF 50mm F/1.8 STM vs Canon EF 85mm F/1.8 USM

Canon EF 50mm F/1.8 STM
Canon EF 85mm F/1.8 USM

Why is Canon EF 50mm F/1.8 STM better than Canon EF 85mm F/1.8 USM?

  • 0.5m shorter minimum focus distance
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    0.35mvs0.85m
  • 35mm shorter minimum focal length
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    50mmvs85mm
  • Has rounded aperture blades
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  • 265g lighter
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    160gvs425g
  • 16° wider maximum angle of view
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    46°vs30°
  • 0.08x Better magnification factor
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    0.21xvs0.13x
  • Is a normal lens
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Why is Canon EF 85mm F/1.8 USM better than Canon EF 50mm F/1.8 STM?

  • 35mm longer maximum focal length
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    85mmvs50mm
  • 1 more aperture blades
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    8vs7
  • Front element doesn't rotate
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  • 18° narrower minimum angle of view
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    28°vs46°
  • Is a telephoto lens
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Price comparison

Canon EF 50mm F/1.8 STM

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$124.49

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Canon EF 50mm F/1.8 STM AmazonCanon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens
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$125.00
Canon EF 50mm F/1.8 STM AmazonCanon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens (Renewed)
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$119.00
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$269.00
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$155.99
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$149.00
Canon EF 50mm F/1.8 STM AmazonCanon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens (Renewed)
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$140.00

Canon EF 85mm F/1.8 USM

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$403.49

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Canon EF 85mm F/1.8 USM AmazonCanon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Medium Telephoto...Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Medium Telephoto Lens for Canon SLR Cameras - Fixed
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$419.00
Canon EF 85mm F/1.8 USM AmazonCanon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Medium Telephoto...Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Medium Telephoto Lens for Canon SLR Cameras - Fixed (Renewed)
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$399.00
Canon EF 85mm F/1.8 USM AmazonCanon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Medium Telephoto...Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Medium Telephoto Lens for Canon SLR Cameras - Fixed International Model
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$419.00

General info

A longer maximum focal length allows you to focus in on a small part of a scene, and offers a narrower angle of view than shorter focal lengths.
A shorter minimum focal length allows you to get more of the scene in the photo, and offers a wider angle of view than longer focal lengths.
3.Has a metal mount
Canon EF 50mm F/1.8 STM
Canon EF 85mm F/1.8 USM
A metal mount is generally superior to a plastic mount as it is more durable.
4.weight

160g

425g

We consider a lower weight better because lighter devices are more comfortable to carry. A lower weight is also an advantage for home appliances, as it makes transportation easier, and for many other types of products.
5.Front element doesn't rotate
Canon EF 50mm F/1.8 STM
Canon EF 85mm F/1.8 USM
The front element doesn’t rotate. This is important if you use filters, as some such as polarising or gradient filters have to be orientated a certain way.
6.Is a telephoto lens
Canon EF 50mm F/1.8 STM
Canon EF 85mm F/1.8 USM
A telephoto lens allows you to zoom in on far away objects. This is particularly useful when you need to photograph a subject from a distance, such as wildlife photography, or even in some cases street photography where you can’t get near the subject.
7.has or is a prime lens
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A prime lens has a fixed focal length. In general, these are sharper, with a wider aperture.
8.Is a normal lens
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Canon EF 85mm F/1.8 USM
A normal lens is one that doesn't fall into another category such as wide angle or telephoto, and typically has a focal length between 35mm and 70mm. These lenses aren't tailored towards a specific type of photography, and so are quite versatile.

Optics

1.has built-in optical image stabilization
Canon EF 50mm F/1.8 STM
Canon EF 85mm F/1.8 USM
Optical image stabilization uses gyroscopic sensors to detect the vibrations of the camera. The lens adjusts the optical path accordingly, ensuring that any type of motion blur is corrected before the sensor captures the image.
The zoom range is the ratio between the longest and shortest focal lengths. A higher zoom range means that the lens is more versatile.
At the shorter end of the lens you get the widest angle of view. This allows you to fit more of the scene into the photograph (based on APS-C format).
At the longest end of the lens you get the narrowest angle of view. This allows you to fit a small portion of the scene into the photograph, such as when you are zooming in on a subject (based on APS-C format).
5.magnification

0.21x

0.13x

A true macro lens has a magnification of 1:1. This means that the image produced is a life-size representation of the subject being photographed.

Aperture

With a wider aperture the sensor can capture more light, helping to avoid blur by enabling a faster shutter speed. It also provides a shallow depth of field, allowing you to blur the background to focus attention on the subject.
2.Has rounded aperture blades
Canon EF 50mm F/1.8 STM
Canon EF 85mm F/1.8 USM
Similar to the number of aperture blades, rounded blades affect the way the light gets through to the sensor. Rounded blades, often only found on more expensive lenses, improve the appearance of the out-of-focus areas. This allows you to attain better, softer looking bokeh in your photos.
With a wider aperture the sensor can capture more light, helping to avoid blur by enabling a faster shutter speed. It also provides a shallow depth of field, allowing you to blur the background to focus attention on the subject.
The aperture controls how much light gets through to the camera’s sensor. More blades is often an indicator of a better quality lens. It also allows you to achieve much nicer looking bokeh when blurring out your background, whereas a lens with less blades will often produce harsher, more polygonal bokeh.
A smaller aperture reduces the amount of light reaching the sensor. This is important in bright conditions where a wider aperture could result in your image being overexposed. Another advantage is that with a smaller aperture you get a greater depth of field, and can keep all of the image in focus.
A smaller aperture reduces the amount of light reaching the sensor. This is important in bright conditions where a wider aperture could result in your image being overexposed. Another advantage is that with a smaller aperture you get a greater depth of field, and can keep all of the image in focus.

Focus

This is the closest distance that the lens can focus. A shorter minimum focus distance allows you to get closer to your subject, and is particularly important when doing macro photography.
2.has a silent focus motor built into the lens
Canon EF 50mm F/1.8 STM
Canon EF 85mm F/1.8 USM
Lenses with built-in focus motor focus faster and more quietly than lenses without a focus motor which rely on the camera's body focus motor.
3.Can focus to infinity
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Canon EF 85mm F/1.8 USM
Many lenses allow you to focus to infinity. This is essential when you wish to take photos including far off objects, such as when shooting landscapes, in order to make sure everything is sharp and in focus.
4.Has focus motor
Canon EF 50mm F/1.8 STM
Canon EF 85mm F/1.8 USM
Lenses with a built-in focus motor can autofocus even if the camera does not have its own focus motor.
5.Has full-time manual focus
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Canon EF 85mm F/1.8 USM
With full-time manual focus, you can move the focus ring whilst it is in AF (autofocus) mode. This means that you can make manual adjustments once the AF has finished, without changing to manual mode.

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